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Davis brings what Packers had in Finley

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis caught six passes for 108 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown, in a 30-24 loss to the Packers last season. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Davis tied an NFL record with 13 touchdowns in 2009 - joining Antonio Gates (2004) for the most touchdown receptions by a tight end in a single season. He finished the season with 78 catches for 965 yards. That's the kind of impact Davis was expected to have on the 49ers when they drafted him out of Maryland with the No. 6 overall pick in 2006. His first three years were a disappointment, especially a 2008 that included 31 catches, 358 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2008. Packers coach Mike McCarthy talked about what Davis brings to the field at his press conference Wednesday. "I think last years game is an excellent illustration of what we think about Vernon because he did such a great job in that second half," McCarthy said. "The vertical big plays that he hit on us really gave the 49ers an opportunity to get back in the game. We were winning I think 23-3 at halftime. "Hes a unique player. What I like about him is hes tough and physical in the run game part of it too. Hes not just a receiver. He can really run. Hes a powerful man, and he has the ability, when you can stretch a defense vertically like he does, it not only gives himself opportunities, but it makes the guys on the outside better." "Im a big believer in the fastest way to the end zone is through the post. You can never have enough big guys that can play inside and stretch it, and I think hes definitely one of the premier big guys in the league to play inside and get vertical." McCarthy could have been talking about the Packers with that last part. "The fastest way to the end zone is through the post. You can never have enough big guys that can play inside and stretch it." Sounds like Jermichael Finley. Sounds like what the organization hopes Andrew Quarless develops into. There was so much conversation about the offensive struggles when Finley was lost to the IR. All of a sudden McCarthy had lost his "big guy that can play inside and stretch it." Although the Packers have continued to win, mostly, the loss of Finley is sometimes overlooked. It's easy to point at the run game and the inconsistencies of some receivers. But Finley's absence forced the team to alter the way this offense operates after it was built around the premise of having that specific piece.

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